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The end of ‘a hidden life’

Father Bill Schmidt, the pastor at St. Mary’s in Wrentham, got the call a week ago. There was an 85-year-old woman at the Wrentham Developmental Center, the old Wrentham State School, and she didn’t have long.

Father Bill was led to her bedside. Her name was June Larner, and she was in and out of consciousness. Father Bill spoke to her softly, soothingly. He told her that God loved her. He anointed her, making the sign of the cross, and told her that God was ready to call her home.

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